Department of Mathematics
Texas A&M University-Kingsville offers an ALEKS mathematics placement assessment to
determine readiness for various courses. Students who take this assessment and earn the
required score will have the option of moving to a course at a higher level. The ALEKS
Placement Assessment covers material from Basic Math through Precalculus and will take
approximately 90 minutes to complete. After the assessment, a targeted Prep and Learning
Module is available for you to review and learn material, and to improve placement and
eventual course outcomes.
All students are strongly encouraged to spend several hours using the ALEKS Prep and Learning
Module. Even if you have achieved placement in your desired course, time spent in ALEKS will
better prepare you for your upcoming course and ultimately lead to better grades.
First of all, RELAX. This is an “assessment,” NOT A TEST. The difference is that an assessment
is designed to determine what you know. At the end of the ALEKS Placement Assessment, you will
have a much better sense of your strengths and weaknesses in math. You will then have a chance
to work on those weaknesses. There is really no penalty for incorrectly answering a question on the
assessment. The most important thing is that you take the assessment seriously and give it an
honest effort so that the assessment truly reflects your level of knowledge and math preparedness.
Be honest about your skill level. There is no benefit to cheating on the placement assessment –
your only reward will be that you are forced to take a class that is too difficult for your current level
of mathematical knowledge. Therefore, while you are taking the assessment, do not consult any
other source for help (friends, family, internet searches, etc.). The purpose of the placement
assessment is to give an accurate measure of your current mathematical skills so that you will be
successful in your mathematics courses. (See page 35 in the TAMUK student handbook.
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This page was last updated on: May 21, 2013